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She Thought Her Baby's Eye Looked Weird In This Photo...Turns Out, He Had Cancer

NOVEMBER 25, 2016  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

Nowadays, it would seem as though you're going about mothering all wrong if you aren't constantly photographing every waking moment of your newborn baby's life.

Andrea Temarantz was in the middle of an impromptu photo shoot with her her four-month-old son Ryder when she noticed something in one picture. If it weren't for her motherly intuition, Ryder might not have received the necessary treatments that he so desperately needed.

This is the photo that set Temarantz's motherly instincts into high gear. Notice that white glare in Ryder's left eye? The mom initially shrugged it off as poor cell phone quality...until she noticed it again in photos taken with her new Nikon camera.

Temarantz decided it was better to be safe than sorry, so she took her boy to get checked out. During the examination, doctors discovered that Ryder was suffering from retinoblastoma, a common form of eye cancer in children, where the cancer begins in the retina of the eye.

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The bright blur was actually a tumor that was reflecting light from the flash of the camera. Lucky for Ryder, the cancer had yet to spread to his brain or or any other vital organs, making chemo their best bet for saving his life.

After six rounds of ophthalmic artery chemosurgery, the tiny tyke was sent home and was said to be on the mend.

The cancerous tumor in Ryder's retina has since been 100 percent calcified, meaning that the tiny boy is newly cancer-free.

Now, he gets to enjoy being a baby, getting spoiled and watched over by his big brother and loving parents.

(via LittleThings)

A FundRazr page was set up in honor of Ryder and his family to help offset medical costs. Fight on Ryder!

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